The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Amorphis was May 2018’s Album of the Month!

We’re well into a new month, so that means we’re back with another chat about our favorite album from the old month! For this May-2018-edition of “old-month,” that album is Amorphis‘ spellbinding new set, Queen of Time. (Or, as one Chris Voss, might refer to it, Queen of Bee.)

Whatever you call it, it’s the Finnish legends’ thirteenth album to date, and we here at the blog were all pretty taken with it. (This time out, “we here at the blog” translates to: Dan, Corey, Chris, Vince, Hera and Mark. Josh S. wanted to be here, too, but Google Hangouts had other ideas and wouldn’t let him in. SO MUCH FOR NOT BEING EVIL, AMIRITE?)

Anyway, we all got together this past Sunday to discuss the album and are thrilled to be bringing that conversation to you now. Jump on in and take a listen!

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Panopticon is April 2018’s Album of the Month!

Austin Lunn released the new Panopticon record, “The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness, I & II” on April 6

The Nine Circles Audio Thing is back again! This time out, it’s our album of the month for April 2018, which you’ll already be able to identify if you read the title of the post and the image caption above. If you didn’t, um…if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again?

At any rate, April’s album of the month was Panopticon‘s The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness, I & II. (Henceforth referred to as “The Scars of Man” because dear lord, what a mouthful.) Dan, Corey, Chris, Vince and Hera got together on Mother’s Day night (“Mother’s Night”?) to discuss Austin Lunn’s latest opus — a two-hour journey through both black metal and, separately, folk and dark Americana.

But what’d we think of it? You’ll have to listen to find out! This is the first in what we hope will be many of these going forward, so hit that “read more” button below, jump on in, and let us know what you think of The Scars of Man! And don’t forget to like, rate and review once we get things up and running on iTunes!  Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PODCAST YAY!

That’s right, folks — four years ago today, Dan and Corey registered the first email address for Nine Circles (then known as Horns Up…oof…) and started us off on this crazy adventure through which we’ve come to become, erm…somewhat positive contributors to the metal blogosphere? I guess?

SO, to celebrate, the two founders — plus current editors / writers / life-signer-awayers extraordinaire Josh Stewart and Chris Voss — got together and recorded a special birthday audio thing. We took a look back at the blog’s origins, assessed where we are now, and put forth some ideas for the future that we’re all pretty excited about. That’s all after the jump, so click on through and give it a listen! Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Septicflesh, Devin Townsend, Gene Simmons and more!

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Septicflesh

June 15, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, Septicflesh have announced their new album, Codex Omega, which will drop September 1 via Prosthetic Records. You can check out the new single, “Dante’s Inferno,” here. If you like Septicflesh, you should do that. If you don’t, this probably won’t change your mind. But good for them either way.

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The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Frank S. Talks Some Power Metal!

Yyyyyep! That’s what we’re calling this thing now! What we’ve got for you today isn’t really a podcast, because it’s not part of an RSS feed, and thus not automatically delivered to your podcasting apps. It’s kind of an interview / review in one, I guess? Yes. But nobody wants to call it that, so hence, you’re getting The Nine Circles Audio Thing and dammit, you’re gonna like it.

No, really, you are; we’ve got an awesome chat with power metal guru and Nine Circles contributor Frank Santorelli! Frank took a break from his busy schedule — the dude’s prepping for a move to Italy!! — to discuss two recent power metal albums that crossed his earholes: Aldaria‘s Land of Light and Astral Doors‘ Black Eyed Children. Call it an “Ask the Expert” discussion, if you will? Or don’t; I don’t really care. But check it out either way! Continue reading